In mathematics, a **inequality** is an expression that indicates that one quantity is greater or less than another.

**Rules for solving inequalities**

**First rule: Trichotomy Law:**For two arbitrary real numbers a and b, one and only one of these relations a - b> 0 or - b <0 holds.

**Verification**: We must bear in mind that a very important property of real numbers is that they have an order; the order of the real numbers allows comparing two numbers and deciding which of them is greater or if both are equal. Now, for two real numbers a and b, consider the quantity a - b. Due to the property of real numbers, we have to:

a - b> 0 or a - b <0

This is

a> boa <b

**Second rule:** Yes to

**Verification**: Let a <b, therefore b - a> 0. Then:

(b + c) - (a + c) = b + c - a - c = b - a> 0

This is

a + c <b + c

Analogously

(b - c) - (a - c) = b - c - a + c = b - a> 0

This is

a - c <b - c

**Third rule**: If a <b and c> 0, then a ∙ c <b ∙ c and ÷ c <b ÷ c. That is, if we multiply or divide both members of the inequality by the same quantity, the meaning of it does not change.

**Verification**: Let a <b, therefore b - a> 0. Since yc> 0, we have:

(b - a) ∙ c> 0 → b ∙ c - a ∙ c> 0 → → b ∙ c> a ∙ c

Similarly, as yc> 0, we have that 1⁄c> 0, therefore:

(b - a) ∙ (1 / c)> 0 → b / c - a / c> 0 → → b / c> a / c

**Fourth rule**: If a <b and c <0, then - (a ∙ c)> - (b ∙ c) and - (a ÷ c)> - (b ÷ c). That is, if we multiply or divide both members of the inequality by the same negative quantity, the meaning of it changes.

**Verification**: Let a <b, therefore b - a> 0. As c <0, then -c> 0 and consequently:

(b - a) ∙ (-c)> 0 → - (b ∙ c) + a ∙ c> 0 → → (a ∙ c) <(b ∙ c)

Analogously As c <0, then -c> 0 and - (1⁄c)> 0, therefore:

(b - a) ∙ (-1 / c)> 0 → -b / c + a / c> 0 → → a / c <b / c

The above rules can be used to get more rules.

**Rules for graphing inequalities**

- Construct a table of the inequality equations.
- Represent the solutions on the coordinate plane.
- Draw a line that passes through each point. If the inequality is <or>, the line is a dashed line. If the inequality is ≤ or ≥, the line is a continuous line.
- Take a point and replace it on the inequality. If it is fulfilled, the solution is the region where it is located, otherwise the solution will be the other region.